"That doesn't bother me at all", Trump said of getting questioned about the violent white nationalists' clash with Antifa protesters at the former Lee Park (now Emancipation Park) in Charlottesville, Va.
When CNN's Jim Acosta asked Mr. Trump why he wasn't holding a press conference, the president replied, "I like real news, not fake news, and you're fake news".
"They have been condemned", Trump responded. Answering proudly, and stating again why, would have sent a strong message reinforcing his original, albeit too late, remarks.
"And why are we not having a press conference today?".
"We had a press conference". Members of his cabinet were still on hand.
"Can we ask you some more questions then, sir?"
President Donald Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta briefly sparred Monday in the White House. You're fake news. Thank you everybody'. "They have been condemned". Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time.
Acosta was the pool reporter in the room, and was asking Trump his question on behalf of the entire press corps, which has been kept in the dark about his administration.
Trump insisted that the hate groups "have been condemned". During that speech, he did condemn white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and "other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans".